Carolyn Kizer quotes

  • You cannot meet someone for a moment, or even cast eyes on someone in the street, without changing. That is my subject.
    -- Carolyn Kizer

    #Eye #Moments #Casts

  • You write for the people in high school who ignored you. We all do.
    -- Carolyn Kizer

    #Writing #School #People

  • What is so marvelous about living today is that it is possible to extend, like a flower, spreading petals in all directions.
    -- Carolyn Kizer

    #Flower #Today #Petals

  • Our masks, always in peril of smearing or cracking, in need of continuous check in the mirror or silverware, keep us in thrall to ourselves, concerned with our surfaces.
    -- Carolyn Kizer

    #Mirrors #Needs #Faces

  • She tended to be impatient with that sort of intellectual who, for all his brilliance, has never been able to arrive at the simple conclusion that to be reasonably happy you have to be reasonably good.
    -- Carolyn Kizer

    #Simple #Intellectual #Able

  • Poets are interested mostly in death and commas.
    -- Carolyn Kizer

    #Crafts #Poet

  • A poet, to whom no one cruel and imposing listens, / Disdained by senates, whispers to your dust,
    -- Carolyn Kizer

    #Dust #Poet

  • We live in wonder, blaze in a cycle of passion and apprehension.
    -- Carolyn Kizer

    #Passion #Wonder #Apprehension

  • Poems, to me, do not come from ideas, they come from a series of images that you tuck away in the back of your brain. Little photographic snapshots. Then you get the major vision of the poem, which is like a giant magnet to which all these disparate little impressions fly and adhere, and there is the poem!
    -- Carolyn Kizer

    #Ideas #Vision #Brain

  • He said, "You have pigs in this poem; pigs are not poetic." I got up and walked out of that class and never went back.
    -- Carolyn Kizer

    #Teaching #Pigs #Class

  • In some ways painters have been more important in my life than writers. Painters teach you how to see—a faculty that usually isn’t highly developed in poets. Whether you take a walk in the woods with a painter, or go to a museum with one, through them you notice shapes, colors, harmonies, relationships that enhance your own seeing.
    -- Carolyn Kizer

    #Museums #Color #Important